On Monday, the Supreme Court has stayed the Haryana and Punjab High Court’s order to impose a fine of Rs. 10 lakhs each on music composer Vishal Dadlani, and activists Tehseen Poonawalla for mocking at Jain monk Tarun Sagar.

A bench of Justices Surya Kant and Rohinton Nariman has also issued a notice to the Haryana Government on the petition registered by Mr. Poonawalla against the judgment of the Haryana and Punjab High Court.

The courts had asked Mr. Poonawalla and Mr. Dadlani to pay a fine amount of Rs. 10 lakhs each to get the FIR lodged against them quashed. After cancelling the FIR, the High Court has said that the fine was issued to give a message so that no one mocked the heads of religious gurus. 

In August 2016, Mr. Poonawalla and Mr. Dadlani were detained by Haryana Police in Ambala Cantonment for hurting the religious sentiments of Jain Community. 

They had made unethical remarks on social media after the Haryana Government has summoned reverse Jain monk, Muni Tarun Sagar, to address the Haryana Assembly on August 25, 2016.

Both had moved the High Court for cancelling the FIR after the top court, in September 2016 has directed them to approach the High Court. 

Under IPC Sections 295-A, 153-A and 509, the case against Vishal Dadlani and Tehseen Poonawalla have been lodged “for deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage the religious feelings and other offences”.

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